Know Before You Go

Planning a trip to the Sunshine Coast? Here’s what you need to know before you go so that you can explore safely, responsibly, and respectfully.

Travel Updates and Information

Community Notices

Water usage: Parts of the Southern Sunshine Coast are experiencing ongoing drought. Stage 4 (severe) regulations are in place; visit scrd.ca to learn more.
Please note that the Sunshine Coast’s drinking water resources are facing significant strain due to ongoing drought. Conserving water is a collective effort—familiarize yourself with local water restrictions before you arrive and learn more about how to conserve water during your trip.

Campfires: Please note that campfires on the Southern Sunshine Coast are currently banned due to ongoing drought conditions. Click here to read the latest news release.
Click here for details on fire bans and restrictions. Call *5555 on a cell or 1.800.663.5555 (toll-free) to report a wildfire.

Bring your patience: Many local businesses are experiencing labour shortages. Please remember to be patient in the event of longer-than-normal wait times or unexpected closures. 

Roads & Ferries

Construction in areas along Highway 101 is underway. Please check Drive BC for details on the current conditions on Highway 101, and leave some extra time to get to your destination. For all other roads on the Sunshine Coast, please visit scrd.ca/alerts for the South Coast and qathet.ca for the North Coast.

The Sunshine Coast is a popular summer destination. Making a ferry reservation is recommended, but if you’re unable to make a reservation, keep in mind that space is also available on a first come, first served basis. Visit bcferries.com for information on travel advisories, route status updates, and current conditions on major routes. 

Parks & Trails

Porpoise Bay Provincial Park is open for day use, however the Angus Creek trails between the beach and the amphitheatre are temporarily closed..

Cliff Gilker Park is open, however some trail bridges remain closed until further repairs are completed.

Visit the BC Parks website for information on provincial parks. Visit qathet.ca or scrd.ca for information on regional parks.

How To Explore Safely and Responsibly During COVID-19

We welcome visitors and ask that you continue to follow all Provincial Health Officer COVID safety guidelines. Please respect the safety procedures enacted by the businesses you visit. Here are a few things you can do to help ensure we can continue welcoming visitors:

  • Do not travel if you are sick.
  • Practice 2 metres (6ft) physical distancing wherever possible.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Be respectful—wearing a mask is now a personal choice, but some individual businesses may require mask wearing in their place of business.
  • Plan ahead and book activities, accommodations, and experiences in advance.
  • Adhere to any local closures or restricted access to communities.

Follow the direction of the Provincial Health Officer and keep up to date on changing guidelines and regulations. If you would like to know how local businesses are keeping customers safe, check their website, social media, or give them a call to inquire.

It is important to acknowledge that we’re all visitors on the traditional territories of the Tla’amin, Klahoose, Xwémalhkwushíshálh, and Skwxwú7mesh nations. Anytime you are exploring the Sunshine Coast, please remember to be safe, responsible, and respectful.

Current Health Orders

We encourage all travellers to be fully informed of the pre-entry and on arrival public health and testing requirements both federally and provincially. Travellers should plan for extra time in the lead up to and upon arrival of their trip.

  • For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada website.
  • BC tour operators, accommodation providers, and attraction hosts have implemented stringent protocols to keep visitors safe, and visitors are asked to return the favour by travelling responsibly.
  • Travellers are encouraged to reference Destination BC’s “Know Before You Go” page for information on the latest travel restrictions and updates.

Effective October 1, 2022:

All COVID-19 border requirements, including vaccination, mandatory use of ArriveCAN, and any testing and quarantine/isolation requirements will end for all travellers entering Canada whether by land, air or sea. Click here for more information from the Government of Canada regarding travel to Canada. For more information on requirements for travelling in and out of British Columbia, click here.

Wearing face masks in public indoor settings is not required by public health. Wearing a mask is a personal choice. 

  • Individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue requiring masks on their premises. It’s important that we respect the choices of people, businesses, and one another.
  • Masks are encouraged on public transit and on BC Ferries, but are not required. 

Start Planning Your Next Trip

Check out our trip ideas to get some inspiration for your next getaway to the Sunshine Coast, visit our travel deals & packages page to see what our partners have on offer, or reach out to one of our Visitor Centres for trip planning assistance.

Click here to view a digital version of the Sunshine Coast Travel Guide.